Friday, August 26, 2016
While researching ceramics of the Edo Bakumatsu period (roughly 1853-1867) I noticed a blue color combination (medium gray/blue with a darker, but not cobalt blue, often with (墨弾) Sumihajiki, a resist method used to on ceramics to leave white areas when painted or glazed. I will call this "Bakumatsu Blue". Not all ceramics made during the Bakumatsu period used this blue combo, but it was widespread. Similar combinations were used much earlier in the Edo period with slight variations.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
This is certainly a work in progress. I will continue to add as I find examples.
SITES FOR RESEARCHING
Friday, August 19, 2016
I am researching Yamatoku marked plates that include additional markings. Did Yamatoku make blanks that were then decorated by others?
Hizen Arita decorated
The Yamatoku ヤマトク mark is at the top with the red
Tetsuka テツカ mark (up side down) on the bottom.
Here is an example of a Taisho era blue mark with Yamatoku impressed mark
A Matsu mark with a roof meaning house of Matsu. The decorator?
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Lefton China was a US importer of Japanese china wares, figurines and novelties. Although the company was founded in 1941, it was after WWII that they imported wares. Some will have "Made in Occupied Japan" but most will just have some variation of Lefton China, Handpainted, Japan. The company was sold in 2000.
Vocabulary when searching for Japanese Ceramics *I will be adding to this list Dating ( 江戸) Edo Period (1603-1868) (江戸 前期) Early Edo per...
Kutani ware is from Ishikawa Prefecture. The markings are usually in red. For more information on Kutani try: http://www.kutani.co.jp/en...
From 1921-1941, wares from Japan exported to the United States had to be marked "Japan" or "Made in Japan". During Wor...
Aritayaki (or also known as Imari named after the port by which it was exported) is made in Arita, Saga Prefecture. There are many styles...